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Under the Tuscan Sun
(2003)
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Hollywood Records
(September 30th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoy consistent and pleasant expressions of romantic, Italian-flavored music of conservative anonymity.

Avoid it... if you are looking for overwhelming love themes or a truly authentic Italian personality in rhythmic bounce or stylish solo performances.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #479
WRITTEN 9/28/03, REVISED 3/12/09
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Under the Tuscan Sun: (Christophe Beck) After spending two years on the New York Times best-seller list, Frances Mayes' novel, "Under the Tuscan Sun," was adapted to the big screen by director/screenwriter Audrey Wells in late 2003. The film represented a return to Hollywood escapism from the days when Mediterranean locations were the place of Americans' romantic dreams. In the story, a successful, but recently divorced writer in San Francisco (Diane Lane in a role that definitely didn't match her writhing nudity in the just previous Unfaithful) struggles with writer's block, and she buys a run down Tuscan villa as a project that could help her regain her writing inspiration. Along the way, she is charmed by the scenery and people of the area, and the predictable flow of the storyline leads to a pleasant, heartwarming movie-going experience. With the humor and a subject matter rooted firmly in simple themes of romance, Under the Tuscan Sun is ultimately what most would refer to as a "chick flick," and critics generally embraced it with moderate praise. Wells had collaborated with composer Christophe Beck for one motion picture (Guinevere) prior to Under the Tuscan Sun, and she called upon him to combine the spirit of American and Mediterranean music into one lushly romantic score for this occasion. Beck was a veteran of mostly television work, best known for his Emmy award-winning music for the very popular "Buffy" series, and that success was beginning to send him on a journey for more feature film assignments. With a vow to make every one of his new scores better than all of his previous efforts, Beck followed Wells' wishes to weave three elements together into his score: the contemporary style of the primary, modern character, the sensibilities of Nino Rota's typical music for the genre, and a general personality suitable for the comic and romantic elements of the light-hearted Italian lifestyle. The end result of his endeavors for Under the Tuscan Sun isn't polarized as much as one might think, with neither the modern nor the traditional Italian aspects taking complete control of the music. It's the definition of "playing it conservative" in the film music industry.



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Average: 3.3 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 48:27
• 1. Follow the Flower (3:40)
• 2. I Broke My Heart in San Francisco (0:57)
• 3. Wish You Were Here (1:00)
• 4. Bramasole (1:35)
• 5. Un Segno di Dio (0:42)
• 6. Buyer's Remorse (1:30)
• 7. Three Stooges (1:29)
• 8. A Team of Experts (1:27)
• 9. Ice Cream (1:38)
• 10. Believers (1:01)
• 11. Kurwa Mac (0:51)
• 12. The Old Man with the Flowers (0:46)
• 13. Olive Harvest (1:42)
• 14. Ode to San Lorenzo (1:34)
• 15. Roma (1:15)
• 16. Marcello, Of Course (1:03)
• 17. Blue Umbrellas (1:01)
• 18. What American Women Say (1:32)
• 19. Patti Arrives (1:06)
• 20. Mud Slide (0:51)
• 21. Springtime (1:32)
• 22. Baby Alessandra (1:26)
• 23. Polonia (2:25)
• 24. White Dress (2:03)
• 25. Katherine's Fountain (2:31)
• 26. The Most Important Thing (2:47)
• 27. Gaudeamus (1:25)
• 28. My Wish (2:28)
• 29. The Spigot (2:47)
• 30. End Titles (2:09)

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The insert includes a note about the score and film from director Audrey Wells.
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